Pressure washing the exterior of your home is the first step in our preparation process. The first thing we do is spray a bio-degradable detergent onto the surface. This helps to loosen any dirt or dust that has become bonded to your previous coating. I’m sure that everyone understands how soap helps to loosen dirt when you take a shower. The same principle applies to the exterior of your home. Pressure washing your home with just water will only get the loose dirt off. And paint does not stick to dirt or other contaminates. Initially it will stick, but in time it will start to lose adhesion. It can last anywhere from several months to a few years before failing.
After we wash your home, we then begin the inspection process. We look for peeling, cracking and other signs of damage or deterioration. No one has Superman’s telescopic vision, which means he’s the only person who can properly inspect high areas of your home from the ground. In order to see what’s going on with the exterior of your home in high places, we physically inspect them from a ladder. Scraping and sanding loose and brittle paint is essential. Just blasting the exterior surfaces with water is not good enough. We sand all peeling and brittle areas thoroughly to remove brittle surrounding coatings that may not scrape loose with a light touch. Making sure to get the areas that surround obvious cracked and brittle paint spots ensures the best adhesion for longer life of the painted surfaces.
Another important consideration or “step” is to ensure that any raw wood or raw stucco is dry before priming or staining. If there is too much moisture in the exterior surface, then the paint would eventually “bubble” then crack and peel. So we check the moisture content of your home’s exterior surfaces using a moisture meter, probing into the wood or stucco to determine the moisture content. Just because it looks dry; does not mean it is dry. We look for a moisture content of 18% or less before priming or staining.
A quality paint job depends on thorough preparation. Most times the prep work is the biggest part of the job – but well worth doing it right. The preservation of your home, both structurally and aesthetically, depend on good maintenance, and a quality paint job will help to ensure that for many years. At Pinon Painting, I insist on a thorough preparation process so that you get the best, longest-lasting results possible.